State Expert: Over 50,000 gallons of crude oil from giant sinkhole already collected? (VIDEO)

Published: October 14th, 2012 at 4:28 pm ET


Assumption Parish Sinkhole Meeting, October 9, 2012 (Full video of briefing here):

Gary Hecox, Geologist with Shaw Environmental: In terms of the discrepancy between Texas Brine volumetric  records where everything they put in, diesel wise, equals about everything they took out. Now we’ve got 1,300 barrels [54,600 gallons] in a frac (???) tank. If the source is coming in from crude, that resolves that discrepancy, but there is crude oil coming in to the cavern… it’s all but certain that it’s crude oil is what the liquid is.

From Louisiana Environmental Action Network, October 12, 2012:

[…] Both the crude oil and the high salinity of the water escaping the sinkhole could have devastating effects on the surrounding trees and swamp land. Workers continue to deal with fumes and unstable ground as they work to skim debris and oil from the surface of the sinkhole. The oil is collected and stored in the tanks shown below. The open top tanks contain crude oil from the cavern and allow for fumes to continue to escape and impact both workers and residents who remain in the adjacent community.

Though a comment on LEAN’s website notes: Many of us were concerned after seeing the picture of the two open tanks, and the description above it stating that they are holding crude oil. It has been confirmed by John Boudreaux at Gohsep that it is not crude oil, but brine in both of those open tanks.

See latest footage of oil covering sinkhole here

Published: October 14th, 2012 at 4:28 pm ET


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12 comments to State Expert: Over 50,000 gallons of crude oil from giant sinkhole already collected? (VIDEO)

  • whereslora

    The oil execs ought to be out there in that toxic environment doing this work, not the poor workers who will now probably get sick and die.

  • vivvi

    Okay, let;s play the game. If that brown crap in the tanks is brine, where is all this crude oil they say they have skimmed off the sinkhole? Dont suppose they have a spare empty brine cavern there to stuff it in, out of sight out of mind …

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      They hired Clean Harbors to scoop up their mess. One of the old presentations showed a suck truck and a squarish mobile tank CH called a 'frac tank'. They hold 500 bbls of slop and have to be taken to proper facilities (whatever those are) for separation or disposal.

      You can see some of the red tanks in some of the old pad pictures when they were re-drilling.

      The two tanks in the picture are part of the brine operation. They've been there for years. Zoom in on the Google satellite picture (several years old). I imagine they are for skimming off whatever muck or oil comes up with the brine, but that must only be for their wells.

  • jec jec

    Venting map just posted at,_10-14-12_fi_497.jpg
    What is of great interest..looking at the sinkhole itself..the dead the left side of the a clearly defined pattern..stretching off the edge of the photo. Trees near the other sides..not nearly as damaged/dead. So..what comes to subsidence along with contaminiation of crude oil. Anyone have other thoughts? Earlier thoughts were maybe drought..but not in THIS pattern!

    • vivvi

      In the pictures from the flyover just days ago, the wider area photos reveal that the damaged trees extend far beyond the immediate area of this sinkhole. Miles maybe. Something has been killing them. The photos also seem to show that this area where the sinkhole is seems to have subsided somewhat over a large area. This disaster seems to have been developing over a fair period of time, but nobody has been taking the warnings seriously. Of further concern is the farmland just beyond this area, where the farmers presumably get their irrigation water out of the aquifer. What will happen there? Is it safe to use? Will pumping from the aquifer make this worse? Not a good situation at all.

      • Dogleg Dogleg

        Oh no worries I am sure Monsanto is working on a genetically modified crops that will grow in these conditions

  • arclight arclight

    zooming in to the picture on the LEAN blog, shows me an equal tide mark on both containers measuring maybe a metre or so?

    are they draining of the water as we are looking at it?

    do they take the drain off into account?

    is it caused by evaporation (unlikely though)?

    shame we dont have a picture an hour or so later as we could work out the water/other content?

    news on bayers connection is VERY thin?? ive looked.. hmmmm?

    just some thoughts here..
    my thoughts to all those effected.. its got quite bad now..

  • jec jec

    Not to be alarmist..but those tanks are sitting in a bayou area..with water up to the concrete pad. Has anyone considered this might be an area of subsidence? Just saying….

    • dosdos dosdos

      All of Texas Brine's roads, structures, and equipment is sitting atop the dome. It will likely all be underwater/chemicals in the future. The sink hole is about 5 to 6 acres in size, counting subsidence. The dome is 2,000 acres, and there is another 2,000 acres of potential subsidence. It will keep growing, rest assured.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    This is a local site following the varied details of the sinkhole.

  • razzz razzz

    I keep saying dieing vegetation turned gray is from methane gas releasing. Typical.

    So, now they think oil and gas is following into the bottom of the salt dome.

    Crude oil is really hot, way over a hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Enough to soften salt and carry it away. You have to be a chemist and geologist to even begin to understand what is going on thousands of feet below ground.

    Is the salt dome eroding from the bottom up? Recently reported was that the top of the salt dome was intact, still viable. So why is the ground above it sinking? Beats me. I can understand the seepage of gas and oil (path of least resistance) but how it effects the salt dome itself and layers of strata outside the dome, I don't know.

  • Usefulbreather

    The Parish has fingerprinted the crude oil and the bubbling methane as coming from the same source. The Coast Guard fingerprinted the new sheen over the Mississippi Canyon Macondo Well site as coming from the Macondo Well after the sheen was reported on 9/16. Why can't the Parish fingerprint the oil and gas around the sinkhole as part of the Macondo Well or not after five months of testing??